Sajid Javid has said that a referendum on Scottish independence cannot be ruled out "forever". Mr Javid launched his bid for the Tory leadership co
Sajid Javid has said that a referendum on Scottish independence cannot be ruled out “forever”. Mr Javid launched his bid for the Tory leadership contest overnight with an interview with The Sunday Telegraph. The former health secretary was quizzed in a series of quickfire questions on BBC’s Sunday Morning programme.
On the question of Scottish independence, Mr Javid said he would not rule out another Scottish independence referendum “forever”, but would not have one “at least for a decade”.
He said: “The last one was for a generation and that generation hasn’t changed.
“No, not forever but not at least for a decade.”
This echoes Jeremy Hunt, who earlier in the programme also told Sophie Raworth that he would block another referendum “for at least a decade”.
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The question of Scotland’s future comes just two weeks after Nicola Sturgeon laid out her clearest timetable yet for another independence referendum.
Last month, she told MSPs that her Government wanted to stage a second independence referendum on 19 October 2023, using the same question put to voters in 2014: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
Ms Sturgeon also set up a showdown with Downing Street by taking the legality of a new referendum to the UK Supreme Court.
She hopes that the court will grant Scotland the legal powers to stage a referendum without Westminster’s permission.